Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 23, 2014

Educational Sessions on Long-Term Care Options Scheduled

PIERRE, S.D. –The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

Sessions will include basic information on long-term care, the related costs, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long-Term Care Partnership Program can help. The hour-long educational sessions are open to the public. The session schedule can be found athttp://www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov/educationsessions.aspx.

“It’s important for individuals to learn more about the available options for long-term care,” said Lynne Valenti, Cabinet Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. “A long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program benefits people with long-term care needs, their families, long term care providers and the state's Medicaid program."

The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership that offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance without depleting their assets. The South Dakota Department of Social Services began offering educational sessions on the program in 2007 to raise awareness about long-term care insurance and the benefits for South Dakotans.

  • September 29, Brookings: Brookings Public Library – Cooper Room, 515 3rd St., at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • October 1, Rapid City: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., at 2:00 p.m. MDT
  • October 2, Deadwood: Courthouse Commissioners’ Room, 90 Sherman St., at 10:30 a.m. MDT
  • October 6, Sioux Falls: IPC Community Ed, 201 E. 38th St., at 7:00 p.m. CDT
    • Session is open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact (605) 367-7999
  • October 7, Mobridge: A H Brown Public Library Community Room, 521 N. Main, at 4:00 p.m. CDT
  • October 8, Aberdeen: Aberdeen Area Senior Center, 1303 7th Ave SE, at 10:00 a.m. CDT
  • October 9, Huron: Crossroads Inn – Symposium Room, 100 4th St SW, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • October 15, Eagle Butte: CRST Fitness Center Conference Room, 407 S. Main, at 2:00 p.m. MDT
  • October 16, Pierre: Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 E. Church St., at 4:00 & 5:30 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • October 17, Chamberlain: Cozard Memorial Library, 110 E. Lawler, at 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • October 20, Mitchell: Mitchell Senior Center, 300 W. 1st Ave., at 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • October 22, Martin: Bennett County Courthouse - Court Chambers, 202 Main St., at 2:00 p.m.MDT
  • October 23, Custer: Custer Senior Center, 538 Mt. Rushmore Rd., 1:30 p.m. MDT
  • October 23, Rapid City: City School Adm Complex – Third floor West Conf. Rm, 300 6th St., at 5:00 p.m. MDT
  • October 24, Belle Fourche: Community Center, 1111 National St., at 10:30 a.m. MDT
  • October 28, Winner: Tripp County Courthouse - Extension Meeting Room, 200 E. 3rd St., at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • October 29, Sioux Falls: Active Generations, Room 203, 2300 W 46th St., at 9:30 a.m. CDT
    • Session is open to the public but registration through Active Generations is requested. Please call (605) 336-6722.
  • November 4, Milbank: Grant County Library, 207 Park Ave. E., at 10:30 a.m. CST
  • November 4, Watertown: Watertown Public Library, 160 6th St. E, at 3:00 p.m. CST
  • November 5, Vermillion: Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St., at 2:00 p.m. CST
  • November 6, Yankton: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St., at 2:00 p.m. CST
  • November 13, Brandon: High School Community Room – SW Side, named entrance, 301 Splitrock Blvd., at 7:00 p.m. CST
  • November 17, Madison: Lake County Courthouse - Commission Meeting Room (NE Corner), 200 E. Center, at 2:00 p.m. CST
  • November 19, Sioux Falls: Caille Branch Public Library, 4100 Carnegie Cr., at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. CST
    • Available for questions between sessions

About the Long-Term Care Partnership Program: The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership that offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance. Once private insurance benefits are used, special Medicaid eligibility rules are applied if additional coverage is necessary. The Department will continue to offer community educational sessions, educating and informing citizens on the Long-Term Care Partnership Program and the need to plan ahead and prepare for long-term care. To learn more, please visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

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